Monthly Archives: December 2012



From Pompadours to Fades, New Art Celebrates Black Women’s Hair

Baltimore-based graphic designer and artist Andrea Pippins talks to Julianne Hing about her new four-poster series.

The Lesson of 2012? It Was Never About Obama, It Was About Us

Manuel Pastor and Gihan Perera look back at a year in which the racial justice movement surged–and conclude our work has just begun.

Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years

New data obtained by shows the disturbing pace of parental deportation has not changed, despite ICE vow to use greater “discretion.” Seth Freed Wessler reports.

Reactions: Rep. Gutierrez Urges White House to Extend Deportation Relief to Parents


Hip-Hop Artists Are Becoming Colleges’ Most Sought After Lecturers From Afrika Bambaataa to 9th Wonder, some of hip-hop’s biggest names are taking their art into the classroom.

Should Black Women Have To Straighten Their Hair To Be On TV? [Reader Forum] Colorlines readers sounds off on the controversy around a black meteorologist in Louisiana.

Does Your Social Media Use Put Your Community At Risk? This week’s furor over Instagram underscores an important point: users are products.

Jet Magazine’s First Gay Male Couple The historic black publication features a gay male couple in its weddings section for the first time in 61 years.

Figuring Out Why 93 Million People Didn’t Vote A Medill School of Journalism survey asks why 40 percent of voters didn’t cast their ballots on Election Day.

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws The legal fight over early voting may have blazed a legal path for former felon voting rights, too.

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“Sky-Is-Falling” Asteroid Flies By

December 7, 2012 | The Earth-crossing asteroid Toutatis is making one of its close flybys, creeping across the stars and awaiting your telescope from December 12th through 15th. It’s magnitude 10.9 to 10.5. > read more

Geminid Meteors to Peak the Night of Dec. 13th

December 6, 2012 | If it’s clear late Thursday night, December 13th, keep a lookout overhead for meteors of the Geminid shower. > read more

Tour December’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

November 30, 2012 | Mars lurks low in the west after sunset, just as Jupiter rises dramatically in the east. Meanwhile, a mythic tale unfolds among the stars and constellations overhead. > read more


GRAIL's gravity maps

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Gravity Probes Unlock Deep Lunar Secrets

December 7, 2012 | Just by circling the Moon every 2 hours while keeping hyper-accurate track of each other’s motions, twin spacecraft named Ebb and Flow have mapped the lunar gravity field in unprecedented detail — and opened a window on the Moon’s ancient, battered interior. > read more

Voyager’s On-ramp to Interstellar Space

December 4, 2012 | Now more than 11 billion miles from home, NASA’s long-lived interplanetary probe is immersed in a flow of particles coming directly from beyond the heliosphere — an experience that mission scientists have hoped for since the 1970s. > read more

Making Planets Around Brown Dwarfs

December 5, 2012 | Astronomers searching for forming planets have a new place to look. Even the thin disks around brown dwarfs are capable of forming grains large enough that, one day, they could potentially coalesce into a rocky planet. > read more

Van Allen Probes Peek at Earth’s Radiation Belts

December 6, 2012 | The twin Van Allen Probes have only been spaceborne for 60 days, but they’ve already returned heaps of data about the radiation belts, whose “killer electrons” endanger satellites. > read more

Curiosity Gets a Whiff of Organic Matter

December 3, 2012 | When NASA’s newest rover cooked up its first samples of Martian soil, one instrument reported finding traces of organic molecules. But they’re probably false alarms, say mission scientists. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance

December 7, 2012 | Lots happening this week! The Geminid meteor shower, a flyby of Toutatis, Vesta at opposition with Ceres nearby, and more. > read more

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